Jinbao Street is a glitzy avenue lined with Rolls-Royce and Ferrari showrooms sitting, incongruously, on the shoulder of a soon-to-be-bulldozed hutong neighbourhood. Close to the Forbidden City and Wangfujing, it’s a good choice for first-time visitors. There’s a Starbucks directly opposite the entrance for all your frappucino needs, and some great restaurants – including a branch of Dadong, Beijing’s premier roast duck eatery – nearby. Dengshikou subway station (Line 5) is a couple of minutes away.
Standard rooms are clean, compact and well-equipped, with decent bathrooms (plus robes), wired internet access and even HBO and BBC World on the TV. Beds are rather firm. The hotel has about a dozen larger suites suitable for families.
The always bustling lobby is nothing to write home about, but nice enough given the star rating. I like the fact that the hotel is set back from the road, with a pleasant yard / garden area out front.
Eating and drinking
Park Plaza has a couple of dining options: Oodle, a small noodle bar serving tasty Chinese and Japanese style noodle dishes and soups; and Bloo, a fancier restaurant dishing up both Asian and western cuisine. The breakfast buffet, with omelettes made to order, is a little pricy for the quality.
Small gym and rather drab spa; no pool.
Professional but can be strained due to consistently high occupancy levels. Honest too – front desk staff advised me to check online for the best rates rather than booking directly with them. Good concierge service for tours and ticket booking.
Who stays there
Leisure travellers from UK & Europe.
Free internet access. Breakfast not included. Room upgrades sometimes available for little extra cost – ask at the desk.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Families with teenagers
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Central location close to subway and restaurants
- Good value
- Often crowded and busy